The petitioners challenging the ban on wearing hijab in schools and colleges of Karnataka will be heard in the Supreme Court today. Earlier, the Supreme Court had expressed deep displeasure over the demand to postpone the hearing. The court had reprimanded the petitioners and said that you had demanded an early hearing, on which the matter was put up for hearing and now you are seeking to postpone the hearing. This can not happen.
The bench of Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia heard the matter of hijab in the Supreme Court. During this, advocates Sanjay Hegde and Rajeev Dhavan made arguments on behalf of the petitioners. Earlier, the judge was also angry on the demand to postpone the hearing. Justice Hemant Gupta got angry with the lawyers of the petitioners and said that this forum shopping will not work. Earlier, there was a demand for early hearing from your side and now you are asking for postponement.
Several petitions are pending in the Supreme Court in which Muslim girls studying in colleges in Karnataka have challenged the ban on wearing hijab in school colleges. Fatima Bushra and other petitioners have appealed against the order of the High Court.
The Karnataka High Court had on March 15 upheld the state government's circular empowering the College Development Committee to ban the wearing of hijab in schools and colleges. The High Court had refused to lift the ban on wearing hijab in schools and colleges, saying that hijab is not an integral part of Islam.